We bought a house in Stafford County and wanted to have it repainted prior to our moving in. We also wanted to add some crown molding, a backsplash in the kitchen, and mount the TV above the fireplace. We found Steve on Angie's list and after much discussion with him and the other two contractors, we decided to hire Steve. The main reason we decided to hire Steve, is he said that he would be onsite for the entire project and had an experienced crew that could complete the project in the allotted time. We had new carpeting and hardwood floors being installed after his was completed. He knew this up front and we paid for him to come behind the other installers to 'touch up' the walls if needed. (All part of the contract.) Prior to beginning the project, we met Steve at the house to give him a key and go over any final issues. Well, it went downhill from there. You see, he did not show up as scheduled, and then called and stated he was delayed in the previous project, but would make up the time to get back on track. Two days passed with minimal work done in the house. the fourth day of the project, Steve finally showed up with a crew - his lead painter and several new workers he just hired. (We did not know this until we had him come back to at least complete the painting and touch-up when his lead painter laughed at the common mistakes made by the 'day labor' like not painting between the medicine cabinet and back wall, not painting behind the toilet tank, not painting above a door, etc. I ended up taking a week off work to supervise the project as Steve could not be counted on to be onsite and oversee the project as Steve never showed up to the job site except to check on his folks, bring supplies, and then leave. The only time Steve did anything was when he came back to 'fix' the issues so he could get the rest of his money - less the uncompleted tasks. One year later, the crown molding joints are exposed and need to be recaulked and repainted, the backsplash was never done because his tile person could not get to the site within the timeframe and the old paint color is showing through on some walls - which appear to have only one coat instead of the two coats he agreed to in the contract. Would I hire Steve again, NO!!!! He's a nice guy, but when I found out that he 'double booked' me with a 'more important job' and focused on that job with his permanent crew, I was p*****!!! Next time I do something like this, I will write into my contract that the person we're hiring will be the person doing the job or they forfeit 50% of the price. I know it's wishful thinking, but not to be upfront and honest with me and my wife is disrespectful and dishonest. We live in an 50+ retirement community and our neighbors wanted to know how Steve and Advanced Painting performed. I'm sorry to say that we did not provide a very good recommendation. I certainly hope the 'more important job' was worth it.